Living the Natural Life

Back to school after winter break

January 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (2 Comments)
Audrey playing in our post camping laundry mountain!

I have now lost track of how many weeks we have been ‘officially’ homeschooling and I suppose this is a good thing.  It has certainly become of our lifestyle.  We live it everyday.  I continue to try to make all of or experiences a learning experience.  It really isn’t too difficult.  You just have to find a way to …
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New Year 2012!!

January 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Family Fun! - (2 Comments)

Today is the first day of 2012.  This is the day for resolutions.  I have been wondering what mine would be and I just decided on mine while putting Audrey to sleep.  I will blog everyday.  Every single day.  I have really slacked off recently due to the sickies in my house and the whirlwind …
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I saw a post on my homeschool Facebook group about growing Borax crystal snowflakes so I had to give it a try!  (The original link that explained how to do it is found here.)  Or you can read below and I will explain how we did this. This is a really easy and fun project for the …
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Photo Boxes

December 19th, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)
finished photo box!!

Okay, I am back!!  Feeling better and again remembering to embrace the chaos that is my life.  We are all recovering from the funk that entered our home around Halloween and my toe is finally healing.  Back to reality and yikes Christmas is almost hear.  I began to panic then I remembered to breathe. Every year the kids make …
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Sick House Weeks 11 &12

December 7th, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (2 Comments)
Audrey taking it easy

Holy Moly I haven’t blogged in a while.  Our house has been a sick house and I have been neglecting my poor blog.  Audrey started it all with croup and we have just been passing it around in circles I think.  I do feel that we are finally on the mend.  Alex and I are …
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Homemade Deodorant

This post contains affiliate links. I ditched non-natural store-bought deodorant over a year ago.  I now make homemade natural deodorant using only 3 ingredients.  I ditched the stick due to all of the toxins that deodorants contain.  Non-natural deodorants contain aluminum, parabans, propylene glycol, TEA, DEA, triclosan, talc, and FD & C colors.  These nasty ingredients …
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Homemade Velveeta Cheese

November 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Condiments & Staples | Recipes - (13 Comments)
After chilling all night...Voila! Veltvetta

I am slowly replacing many processed items that fill my cabinets and fridge.  My cabinets are emptying out of the many boxes of convienence  foods that were once a staple at our table. I used the last of our velveeta 3 weeks ago.  Velveeta was always around in this house.  One of my favorites is velveeta and rotel…yummmm.  Velveeta was also …
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Alex Reads!! Homeschool Week 10

November 21st, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (1 Comments)
Kids with Lucky (not sure what kind of face little girl is making?!)

I am simply overjoyed that Alex has begun to read!  Alex has always loved Math but reading not so much.  This week we moved on to Primary Phonics 1.  This week we introduced the short letter a.  At first he tried to make ‘sounding it out’ a tad more difficult than it is, this is …
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Homeschool Week 9

November 8th, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (2 Comments)
Audrey sick as can be but still smiling!

This week it seems we will be playing ‘catch-up’ some from last week.  Audrey was ill with the ever so lovely croup and Ava has been up sick in the middle of the night almost every night. We finished our Primary Phonics K book and will be reviewing all of the consonants by recognition, sound, …
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July 2010 - days after her 2nd Birthday

This week was Halloween week.  We were bombarded with candy, cupcakes, and all of the processed yummies that go along with the holiday.  We were also bombarded with the artificial dyes that come with these yummies.  So at the end of the week we eliminated these dyes.  I wish I could say that we accomplished this painlessly, …
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Homeschool Week 8

November 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (0 Comments)

  Halloween fun has come and gone.  The transition to Thanksgiving is underway.  We will now to move on to a topic that Alex is very excited about…Native American Indians.  I am still researching the lessons that I am going to use to teach him about the Native Americans and how the English came to be on …
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homemade yougurt!!!

My family just completed our second week of eliminating processed foods from our diets.  Slowly my kitchen cabinets are riding themselves of the many convenance foods we had relied on.  No more boxed rice and pasta mixes.  No more cans of both.  No more boxes of mac and cheese. No more store-bought bread and rolls.  No more …
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Homemade Graham Crackers

October 30th, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Recipes | Snacks & Sweets - (3 Comments)
Homemade Graham Crackers

I am eliminating the processed foods in our house one at a time as we run out.  This week we finished our last box of cinnamon graham crackers.  My task was to create a healthier homemade alternative that the kids would eat and not complain about. I searched the internet and found a few recipes but …
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Homeschool Week 7

October 25th, 2011 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (2 Comments)
I feel like I needed to add a Halloween photo!!

Sooo…I am going to start numbering our weeks of homeschooling and what we are doing in that particular week so that I can keep track of everything.  We started homeschooling September 1st so this is our 7th week of homeschooling. The chaos of my life may serve as amusement to many.  I am typing this while baking about 50 …
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Last week as a family we started to remove processed foods from our diet.  I have been pretty excited and this is how it has gone. I have not bought any bread.  We are still sampling different recipes for sandwich bread the last loaf I made (a honey wheat loaf) seems to be doing well.  I even …
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